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Andreas Mogensen

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Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 November 1976, Andreas enjoys rugby, basketball, and squash. He is also active in several adventure sports, including scuba diving, skydiving, kite surfing, kayaking and mountaineering. Other interests include science, in particular astrophysics, exobiology, and evolution. 

Education

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen

Andreas finished secondary school in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995, graduating with an International Baccalaureate from the Copenhagen International School.

He received a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London in the UK in 1999. As part of his studies, he spent a semester at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal.

Andreas received a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States in 2007. His research interests include guidance, navigation and control of spacecraft during entry, descent and landing; mission analysis and design; and trajectory optimisation.

 

Organisations

  • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 
  • Member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE)

Awards and honours

  • The Danish Royal Medal of Recompense in gold with crown and inscription (2015)
  • NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal (2015)
  • Ellehammer Prize from the Society of Danish Aviation Journalists (2015)
  • Genius Prize from the Society of Danish Science Journalists (2016).
  • Honorary Tile from Danish Society of Engineers (2017)

Experience

Andreas began his professional career as an engineer at Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where he worked as a drilling services engineer from 2000 to 2001. He was stationed in the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Angola working on offshore oil rigs.

From 2001 to 2003, Andreas worked at Vestas Wind Systems in Ringkøbing, Denmark, as a control systems engineer in the research and development department, where he designed control systems for wind turbines.

From 2004 to 2007, while working towards his doctorate, Andreas was a research assistant at the Center for Space Research and a teaching assistant in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

From 2007 to 2008, Andreas worked as attitude and orbit control systems engineer for HE Space Operations. He was subcontracted to Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the duration of his employment, where he worked on ESA’s Swarm mission.

Before being selected as an astronaut in 2009, Andreas was a research fellow at the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey in the UK. His research focused on spacecraft guidance, navigation and control during entry, descent and landing for lunar missions.

Alongside his astronaut duties, Andreas is also an adjunct lecturer at both the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) and the University of Aalborg.

ESA experience

Andreas Mogensen drawing the landscape on Lofoten Islands, Norway as part of the Pangaea training course.
Andreas Mogensen drawing the landscape on Lofoten Islands, Norway as part of the Pangaea training course.

Andreas was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009 and completed the astronaut basic training programme at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany in November 2010. Since completing the astronaut basic training programme, Andreas has been trained and certified as a private pilot by the Lufthansa flight school and is trained and qualified for spacewalks using both the American EMU spacesuit and the Russian Orlan suit.

Andreas participated in the 2012 ESA CAVES underground training course, as part of an international team of six astronauts, living underground for a week and exploring a cave system in Sardinia. The ESA CAVES training is a space-mission analogue, focusing on human behaviour and performance in extreme environments.

Andreas was also selected as a crewmember in two NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) missions. He participated in the NEEMO 17 mission (also called SEATEST 2) in September 2013 and in the NEEMO 19 mission in September 2014. Both missions took place at the Aquarius undersea research laboratory, off the coast of Florida, USA,  as an analogue for space exploration missions.

In addition to his astronaut training activities, Andreas worked on the engineering team for the ESA Lunar Lander mission at ESA’s technical heart, ESTEC, in the Netherlands, where he was involved in the design of the guidance, navigation and control system for precision landing.

Andreas served as the European astronaut liaison officer to NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) from 2016-2022. His duties at JSC included communicating with the astronauts on board the International Space Station as Capcom from Mission Control Center-Houston. Andreas was Lead Capcom for the SpaceX-12 and SpaceX-14 resupply missions; he was Ground-IV for US EVA 51, US EVA 69, and US EVA 73; and he was Astronaut Increment Lead for Expedition 56 and 57. Andreas also served as ISS Assistant to the Chief of the NASA astronaut office and as Deputy Branch Chief for the Mission Support Crew.

During 2021 and 2022, Andreas Mogensen participated in ESA's Pangaea training course, learning how to become an efficient field scientist in geology and astrobiology. Going to Lofoten, Norway, Canary Islands, Spain, the Dolomites, Italy and the Ries crater, Germany, Andreas was joined by NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins and a team of experts teaching them the formation of different rocks and how to identify them.

The Huginn mission patch
The Huginn mission patch

Spaceflight experience

Andreas became the first Danish citizen in space on 2 September 2015 when he was launched on the 10-day ‘iriss’ mission to the International Space Station. While on the Space Station, Andreas worked as a flight engineer, performing experiments in a variety of areas. He also served as a flight engineer on Soyuz TMA-18M during launch and on Soyuz TMA-16M during his return flight.

On the 26 August 2023, Andreas launched on his second mission called Huginn. Named after one of Odin’s ravens from Norse mythology, the Huginn mission had Andreas become the first non-US pilot on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, sitting next to Crew Dragon commander and NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli. The Dane along with the rest of Crew-7 arrived to the Space Station on 27 August. 

During the Huginn mission, Andreas will carry out experiments ranging from climate and materials science to human physiology and fundamental science. Read more about the Huginn mission on the Huginn mission page.

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